Fishing, Foraging and Fire: Lake

Fishing is very much a part of bushcraft and is an especially reliable method of sourcing animal protein when in the field to accompany your foraged diet. Fly fishing lends itself to bushcraft very well as the kit is so minimal. At the same time it is supremely adaptable to both species behaviour and habitat that it greatly out competes the much cruder ‘hobo’ style fishing techniques.

This is a course designed for the novice fly fisher, forager or those that are new to both.

The day will start with a lesson on casting a fly line, working a fly and playing a fish. There will then be approximately 2-3hrs to catch yourself a trout or two while our instructors offer advice and support.

We will then stop for a foraged themed two course lunch and refreshments to enjoy around the basecamp fire.

After lunch, we will go on a foraging walk to find some herbs, vegetables and materials suitable for cooking your catch on a campfire. On our return there will be a fire with natural tinders lesson and a ponassing demonstration (the native American Indian method of filleting and cooking fish). The trout will then be cooked along with the items we have foraged to enjoy together around the fire and finish the day. 

N.B. Coltsford Mill is a stocked trout fishery we are utilising to teach the novice angler and forager the basic skills to enable the exploration of wilder places. We will be running more advanced remote fishing and foraging courses in the near future. If you would like to be notified of new courses please sign up to our newsletter via the form in the website footer.

Booking price includes 2 fish to take home (if caught). If you wish to take more fish then it is possible to pay a bit extra to the fishery on the day.

Legal requirements

You'll need to buy a fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line in:

  • England (except the River Tweed)
  • Wales
  • the Border Esk region of Scotland

Failing to produce a vaild licence to an Environment Agency Baliff could result in prosecution and heavy fines. It doesn't matter if you are an experienced angler or fishing for the first time.

Children under 13 do not need a licence.

Licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free. You’ll still need to get a junior licence.

You can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod fishing licence. If you are booking this course and haven't fished before then please leave a comment on the checkout page and we will assist you in making sure you are covered on the day.

Event Details

Starts Sun 10th May 2020 10:00
Finishes Sun 10th May 2020 17:30
Registration Start Date Thu 28th November 2019
Register before Sat 09th May 2020
Price £100.00
Published state Unpublished
Coltsford Mill
Mill Ln, Oxted RH8 9DG, UK
Coltsford Mill

Group Rates

Amount of people Rate per person(£)
4 95.00
8 90.00
12 85.00
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